Humboldt hearts skip a beat when the signs announcing crab sandwiches come out on the curbs. Crab cakes are nice, but next to cracking the shell yourself, an old-fashioned, paper-wrapped sandwich is the best way to enjoy our beloved crustaceans.

Is it crab salad you're after? On Fridays Hole in the Wall (1331 Broadway, Eureka) whips up a creamy one with crunchy celery and mayo on sourdough ($12.95). Minimalists may scoff, but the standard order comes with slivered red onion, lettuce, tomato and black pepper. The flavor of the crab comes through plenty, and the sandwich is hefty enough to share.

click to enlarge Crab salad sandwich at Eureka's Hole in the Wall. - DREW HYLAND
  • Drew Hyland
  • Crab salad sandwich at Eureka's Hole in the Wall.

If you're looking for the pure, briny sweetness of crab, Myrtle Avenue Market (2500 Myrtle Ave., Eureka) just scoops 1/4 pound of it onto mayo-swiped sourdough bread with some shredded lettuce ($10.99). Flatten the bag for a plate, peel back the wrapping and enjoy the fruits of Humboldt Bay.

Murphy's Markets (4020 Walnut Drive, Eureka; 785 Bayside Road, Arcata; Main Street, Trinidad) beloved among aficionados, makes a substantial sandwich. A 1/4 pound of heavy-on-the-leg-meat crab is tossed with mayo and served on sourdough from Vellutini Bakery ($9.99).

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Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Jennifer Fumiko Cahill is the arts and features editor of the North Coast Journal. She won the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2020 Best Food Writing Award and the 2019 California News Publisher's Association award for Best Writing.

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